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신의 존재를 의심하라! 전세계 과학과 종교계에 파란을 일으킨 리처드 도킨스의 최신작! 『이기적 유전자』에 이후 최고의 화제를 불러일으킨 바로 그 책! 신의 존재를 의심하라, 인간의 능력을 주목하라! 신이라는 이름 뒤에 가려진 인간의 본성과 가치를 탐색하는 세기의 문제작!
전세계 과학과 종교계에 파란을 일으킨 『이기적 유전자』의 저자 리처드 도킨스의 최신 화제작! 신은 없다! 모든 종교는 틀렸다! 도킨스는 수많은 과학적 논증을 펼치며 신이 없음을 입증하고, 오히려 신을 믿음으로써 벌어진 참혹한 전쟁과 기아 그리고 빈곤 문제들을 일깨운다. 신에 대한 부정은 도덕적 타락이 아니라 인간 본연의 가치인 진정한 사랑을 찾는 일이다. 신이 없어도 인간은 충분히 열정적이고 영적일 수 있다! ‘인간을 주목하라. 신의 존재를 의심하라.’ 도킨스의 메시지를 따라가다 보면 이제껏 신의 이름 뒤에 가려진 인간의 참모습을 깨닫게 되고, 인간에 대한 새로운 믿음의 문이 열릴 것이다. 무신론자부터 수도사에 이르기까지, 21세기 모든 사람이 읽어야 할 중요한 과학서이자 위대한 문학 작품!
Joan Bakewell, Guardian
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the full vigour of his powerful arguments...'
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Today's Books 추천도서 (2007.09.04)
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Chapter 1: A Deeply Religious Non-Believer
The boy lay prone in the grass, his chin resting on his hands. He suddenly found himself overwhelmed by a heightened awareness of the tangled stems and roots, a forest in microcosm, a transfigured world of ants and beetles and even - though he wouldn't have known the details at the time - of soil bacteria by the billions, silently and invisibly shoring up the economy of the micro-world. Suddenly the micro-forest of the turf seemed to swell and become one with the universe, and with the rapt mind of the boy contemplating it. He interpreted the experience in religious terms and it led him eventually to the priesthood. He was ordained an Anglican priest and became a chaplain at my school, a teacher of whom I was fond. It is thanks to decent liberal clergymen like him that nobody could ever claim that I had religion forced down my throat.
In another time and place, that boy could have been me under the stars, dazzled by Orion, Cassiopeia and Ursa Major, tearful with the unheard music of the Milky Way, heady with the night scents of frangipani and trumpet flowers in an African garden. Why the same emotion should have led my chaplain in one direction and me in the other is not an easy question to answer. A quasi-mystical response to nature and the universe is common among scientists and rationalists. It has no connection with supernatural belief. In his boyhood at least, my chaplain was presumably not aware (nor was I) of the closing lines of The Origin of Species - the famous 'entangled bank' passage, 'with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth'. Had he been, he would certainly have identified with it and, instead of the priesthood, might have been led to Darwin's view that all was 'produced by laws acting around us':
Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Carl Sagan, in Pale Blue Dot, wrote:
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant'? Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.' A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths...